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Anticipating just this kinda situation, I have been building robot replicas of the Flynn-Fletcher family. We can get Agent P to operate the Mr. Fletcher robot, until we can replace him with the real Mr. Fletcher.

Carl

Candace is determined to win this year's father-daughter obstacle course but unfortunately, Lawrence finds Agent P's lair and his memory is accidentally erased by a memory-eraser gadget. Luckily, Carl had already made Flynn-Fletcher Family Robots for emergency situations. So Agent P operates a Lawrence robot to fill in during the race as Phineas and Ferb provide commentary from their broadcast blimp. Meanwhile, Dr. Doofenshmirtz invents "eulg," a solution that works the opposite of glue and takes everything apart.

Episode Summary

Candace and Lawrence are practicing for the Father-Daughter picnic today, and they're practicing the sack race and other events together. Candace wants to win for a change because they always lose, and has a gallery of loser and last place trophies to prove it. Phineas and Ferb decide to help the two win this year.

Perry slips away into his secret lair, but Lawrence spies the hole and gets sucked into Perry's secret HQ. He listens in on Major Monogram's briefing and sees Perry leaving on a mission. Shocked, he realizes he wasn't supposed to know about this, but in his haste to find an exit, he accidentally trips over a cord and gets strapped into a memory eraser, which proceeds to erase his memories.

Meanwhile, Isabella arrives and asks what are the boys doing. He tells her it's a surprise, but he'll need some pom-poms, a smoke machine, and 372 feet of bungee cord.

Back at HQ, Carl is sweeping when he sees Lawrence inside the memory eraser, which has erased all but 5% for his memories, causing him to act like a baby. He tells Major Monogram about the situation and he tells Carl he'll need to restore his memory in time for the Father-Daughter picnic. However, that will take three hours, though Carl became prepared for moments like this. He's built robots of the entire Flynn Fletcher family which Perry can use.

Dr. Doofenshmirtz tells Perry about Eulg, which takes anything apart as opposed to glue, which causes everything to stick together. He'll use it to destroy the Adult Diaper factory, but before he can get to his back story, Monogram tells Perry that a more serious issue has came up and he'll need to abort his mission. Doofenshmirtz gets annoyed that he doesn't want to listen to why he wants the Adult Diaper factory destroyed, and tells him that this will be back story worthy.

While Candace is looking for her dad, Phineas and Ferb show off their floating pep squad mobile to Isabella and the Fireside Girls. After showing off their rooms, they head to the father daughter picnic.

Monogram tells Perry he'll need to operate the Lawrence robot while Carl restores his memory. The downside is that the instructions are in Dutch, but Carl gives Perry a Dutch to French dictionary and a French to English dictionary. After trying out some basic functions, he goes to the Father-Daughter picnic.

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The boys urge Candace and Lawrence on.

Candace tells Linda she can't find her father, but she tells Candace she's caught in a traffic jam and she'll be late to the picnic. The Lawrence robot appears, and assuming it's her dad, they get signed in. She does see the blimp, but the robot tells Candace "If it's okay with mom, it's okay with me", which leaves her puzzled.

Despite her brothers and the Fireside Girls cheering her on, they struggle through the first few events, such as the tug of war, the pie eating contest (during which Balthazar sees Agent P getting pies out of the robot's bottom and finds it gross), and the balloon animal challenge; they made a working balloon windmill, but that is not an animal. This isn't helped by Perry trying to stay undercover. The robot overheats, but Candace gets "Dad" some water to cool him down. Major Monogram appears on the screen and tells Perry that Carl forgot to top off the cooling levels.

The next event is the water balloon toss, and during this time, Monogram tells Perry Lawrence's memory is restored. He throws the balloon a long distance so Candace can run to catch it, and they make the switch. Balthazar sees Perry again, and they quickly retreat. When Lawrence arrives, he doesn't even know what happened, but Candace tells him they won the balloon toss for the farthest distance, and they're now in second place.

Doofenshmirtz flies his plane to the Adult Diaper factory, but accidentally spills some eulg on the plane, causing it to break down into pieces.

The last event of the games is the sack race. Candace and Lawrence struggle early on until he remembers the "Hop to the Finish" chant, causing them to take the lead, and Isabella and the Fireside Girls park the blimp for the final cheer. During this, Doofenshmirtz falls onto the blimp, followed by the pieces of his plane; the blimp pops and flies off.

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Candace and Lawrence manage to win the race, and even win first place overall for the very first time. Lawrence tells her he'll remember this victory forever.

Perry appears, and Balthazar says he's seen him somewhere. Major Monogram tells Carl to fire up the memory eraser again.

Songs

Running Gags

The "Too Young" Line

Major Monogram: Wow, that's a little creepy, Carl.
Carl: Yes. Yes it is.


Ferb's Line

Fireside Girls: Bubble gum, bubble gum, running in a sack.
Ferb: Hop to the finish and don't look back.


What'cha doin'?

Isabella: Hey, Phineas. Hi, Ferb.

Phineas: Hi, Isabella. Come on in.
Isabella: What'cha doin'?

Phineas: Oh, just trying to generate 40,000 cubic feet of compressed air.


Perry's entrance to his lair

He knocks on the house side of the wall and dives right in revealing a tube, which Lawrence Fletcher wonders what it is doing there. He approached too close and it sucked him into Perry's lair.

Evil Jingle

Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated!

Memorable Quotes

Candace: How many times have I told you to keep Perry out of my way while I'm balancing eggs on a spoon?

Phineas: Um... never?

Candace: Well, I would have thought it would be understood.


Candace: Dad, those trophies are lame. Last place? Nice try?

Lawrence: Oh, come on! What about this one? First place--
Candace: It means "loser," Dad.
Lawrence: Well, that's not very nice, is it? But look on the bright side, Candace! This year we might take home one just like this! (holds three fingers to forehead) Da-ta-dah! (waves fingers)
Candace: Third place?

Lawrence: No, winner! It's a W!


Lawrence: Ooh, I get the feeling I wasn't supposed to have seen that...


Major Monogram: Wait a minute. You anticipated a specific situation like this?

Carl: Yep.
Major Monogram: Wow. That's a little creepy, Carl.

Carl: Yes, Yes it Is.


Dr. Doofenshmirtz: And by inopportune, I mean completely opportune!


Doofenshmirtz: But don't you want to know why I want to destroy the adult's diaper factory? There's a terrific back-story! (pause) You know, this is going to be a back-story too, someday!


Phineas: Ladies and girls, I give you... the Pep Squad Mobile!
Fireside Girls: Go Candace!


Major Monogram: Uh, is that all he can say?

Carl: The kit originally came with one default phrase.
Lawrence robot: Lovely windmill, isn't it?

Carl: Oh, those kooky Dutch!


Phineas: Excuse me, sir, could you stand up and sit right back down?

Man: I... suppose. (does what is asked; the crowd does the wave)

Phineas: Hey, we started a wave!


Carl: (shaking Perry's hand) Nice work, Agent—

Balthazar: Aah!
(Balthazar drops his ice cream)

Carl: Our cover's blown! We've gotta move— go go go go!


Dr. Doofenshmirtz: (quickly) Curse you Perry the Platypus even though you weren't a part of this scheme whatsoever!


Balthazar: (pointing at Perry) Hey, don't I know you from somewhere?
Major Monogram: Carl, we've gotta fire up the memory eraser again!


Background Information

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Who are the Fireside Girls on the far right?

Production Information

  • The episode was aired first in Latin America (January 26, 2010) on Disney Channel entitled "Un Robot Maduro" ("A Mature Robot").
  • Alyson Stoner posted a video of her recording session for this episode and "Suddenly Suzy" on YouTube.
  • Two of the teams in the score table are references to Phineas and Ferb's staff:
    • "Melissa & Dan" is a reference to Phineas and Ferb's creator, Dan Povenmire and his daughter Melissa.
    • "Lynn & Zac" is a reference to this episode's director, Zac Moncrief and his daughter Lynn.

Errors

  • Carl built a "Perry robot" the size of Perry, but no one can operate it from the inside because it is too small, making it hard for anyone to fit inside; he should realized that before he built it. (Unless they either put an agent even smaller than Perry inside or the machine is remote-controlled.)
  • When Phineas was bouncing in the 360 degree fun bounce his head went through the wall at one point. (Although this may be intended because there can be wrinkles seen as Phineas jumps through, as if the wall stretched so Phineas can go through.)
  • When Major Monogram puts Perry into the Lawrence robot, Perry was as wide as the robot. Yet when showing the controls inside, the robot is wider.
  • Isabella brings every Fireside girl except Milly to help but then, Milly appears out of nowhere when the girls say "Charge!". Thus, while the girls are chanting "Bubble Gum", the new Fireside Girls appear out of nowhere, too.

Continuity

Allusions

  • I Was a Teenage Werewolf and I Was a Teenage Frankenstein: The episode title is likely an allusion to the pair of "I Was a Teenage..." movies released in 1957.
  • Sabre Dance - The music during the pie-eating contest is a parody of Sabre Dance by Aram Khachaturian, which is often popularly used for plate-spinning and acrobatic acts and comical depictions of said acts in fiction.
  • Alice in Wonderland - Lawrence says, "How peculiar" before falling down the secret entrance. This scene parallels Alice falling down the rabbit hole.
  • Armed Forces - Ferb blows a bosun's whistle and wears a naval uniform while doing so.
  • Motorsports - When Isabella says "Fireside Girls, start your pedaling!", it is an allusion to the famous saying "(Ladies and) Gentlemen, start your engines."
  • Sosumi - The noise the Lawrence robot makes when starting up resembles the Apple Macintosh start-up noise, "Sosumi" (so named as a tongue-in-cheek reference to various music-related litigations between Apple and the similarly-named record company founded by The Beatles).

Cast

References

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Characters

Major Characters: Phineas Flynn | Ferb Fletcher | Candace Flynn | Perry | Major Francis Monogram | Heinz Doofenshmirtz | Linda Flynn | Lawrence Fletcher
Secondary Characters: Isabella Garcia-Shapiro | Baljeet Tjinder | Buford Van Stomm | Jeremy Johnson | Carl Karl | Stacy Hirano | Ginger Hirano | Milly | Katie | Holly | Adyson Sweetwater | Gretchen
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Minor Characters: Jerry | Khaka Peu Peu | The Regurgitator | Bob Webber | Princess Baldegunde | Melissa | Unnamed Fireside Girls | Agent E | Brobots | Drill Sergeant | Buck Buckerson | Tiana Webber | Jack Johnson | Mrs. Johnson | Wendy | Eliza Fletcher | Nicolette | Mandy | Thaddeus and Thor | Mindy | Amanda | Lucy Fletcher | Adrian Fletcher | Beppo Brown | Dr. Hirano | Annabelle Johnson | Sara | Brigitte, Josette, and Collette | Mishti Patel | Liam McCracken | Rodrigo | Morg | Glenda Wilkins | Dr. Gevaarlijk | Heinz Doofenshmirtz's mother | Blanca Dishon | Professor Poofenplotz | Lyla Lolliberry | Balloony
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Episodes

Season One: "Rollercoaster" | "Candace Loses Her Head" | "The Fast and the Phineas" | "Lawn Gnome Beach Party of Terror" | "The Magnificent Few" | "S'Winter" | "Are You My Mummy?" | "Flop Starz" | "Raging Bully" | "Lights, Candace, Action!" | "Get That Bigfoot Outta My Face!" | "Tree to Get Ready" | "It's About Time!" | "Jerk De Soleil" | "Toy to the World" | "One Good Scare Ought to Do It!" | "A Hard Day's Knight" | "I, Brobot" | "Mom's Birthday" | "Journey to the Center of Candace" | "Run Away Runway" | "I Scream, You Scream" | "It's a Mud, Mud, Mud, Mud World" | "The Ballad of Badbeard" | "Dude, We're Getting the Band Back Together" | "Ready for the Bettys" | "The Flying Fishmonger" | "Phineas and Ferb Get Busted!" | "Greece Lightning" | "Leave the Busting to Us!" | "Crack That Whip" | "The Best Lazy Day Ever" | "Boyfriend From 27,000 B.C." | "Voyage to the Bottom of Buford" | "Put That Putter Away" | "Does This Duckbill Make Me Look Fat?" | "Traffic Cam Caper" | "Bowl-R-Ama Drama" | "The Monster of Phineas-n-Ferbenstein" | "Oil on Candace" | "Unfair Science Fair" | "Unfair Science Fair Redux (Another Story)" | "Out to Launch" | "Got Game?" | "Comet Kermillian" | "Out of Toon" | "Hail Doofania!"
Season Two: "The Lake Nose Monster" | "Interview With a Platypus" | "Tip of the Day" | "Attack of the 50 Foot Sister" | "Backyard Aquarium" | "Day of the Living Gelatin" | "Elementary My Dear Stacy" | "Don't Even Blink" | "Chez Platypus" | "Perry Lays an Egg" | "Gaming the System" | "The Chronicles of Meap" | "Thaddeus and Thor" | "De Plane! De Plane!" | "Let's Take a Quiz" | "At the Car Wash" | "Oh, There You Are, Perry" | "Swiss Family Phineas" | "Phineas and Ferb Musical Cliptastic Countdown" | "Phineas and Ferb's Quantum Boogaloo" | "Hide and Seek" | "That Sinking Feeling" | "The Baljeatles" | "Vanessassary Roughness" | "No More Bunny Business" | "Spa Day" | "Bubble Boys" | "Isabella and the Temple of Sap" | "Cheer Up Candace" | "Fireside Girl Jamboree" | "The Bully Code" | "Finding Mary McGuffin" | "What Do It Do?" | "Atlantis" | "Picture This" | "Nerdy Dancin'" | "I Was a Middle Aged Robot" | "Suddenly Suzy" | "Phineas and Ferb Christmas Vacation!" | "Undercover Carl" | "Hip Hip Parade" | "Just Passing Through" | "Candace's Big Day" | "Invasion of the Ferb Snatchers" | "Ain't No Kiddie Ride" | "Wizard of Odd" | "The Beak" | "Not Phineas and Ferb" | "Phineas and Ferb-Busters!" | "The Lizard Whisperer" | "Robot Rodeo" | "The Secret of Success" | "The Doof Side of the Moon" | "She's the Mayor" | "The Lemonade Stand" | "We Call it Maze" | "Ladies and Gentlemen, Meet Max Modem!" | "Nerds of a Feather" | "Phineas and Ferb Hawaiian Vacation" | "Split Personality" | "Brain Drain" | "Make Play" | "Candace Gets Busted" | "Summer Belongs to You!" | "Rollercoaster: The Musical!"
Season Three: "Run, Candace, Run" | "Last Train to Bustville" | "The Great Indoors" | "Canderemy" | "The Belly of the Beast" | "Moon Farm" | "Phineas' Birthday Clip-O-Rama!" | "Ask a Foolish Question" | "Misperceived Monotreme" | "Candace Disconnected" | "Magic Carpet Ride" | "Bad Hair Day" | "Meatloaf Surprise" | "Tri-Stone Area" | "Doof Dynasty" | "Phineas and Ferb Interrupted" | "A Real Boy" | "Mommy Can You Hear Me?" | "Road Trip" | "Skiddley Whiffers" | "Tour de Ferb" | "My Fair Goalie" | "Perry the Actorpus" | "Bullseye!" | "That's the Spirit" | "The Curse of Candace" | "Escape from Phineas Tower" | "The Remains of the Platypus" | "Ferb Latin" | "Lotsa Latkes" | "A Phineas and Ferb Family Christmas" | "What a Croc!" | "Ferb TV" | "Mom's in the House" | "Minor Monogram" | "Excaliferb" | "Monster from the Id" | "Gi-Ants" | "Agent Doof" | "Phineas and Ferb and the Temple of Juatchadoon" | "Delivery of Destiny" | "Let's Bounce" | "Quietest Day Ever" | "Bully Bromance Break Up" | "Doonkleberry Imperative" | "Buford Confidential" | "Sleepwalk Surprise" | "Sci-Fi Pie Fly" | "Meapless in Seattle" | "The Mom Attractor" | "Cranius Maximus" | "Sipping with the Enemy" | "Tri-State Treasure: Boot of Secrets" | "Doofapus" | "Norm Unleashed" | "When Worlds Collide" | "Road to Danville" | "Where's Perry?" | "Blackout!" | "What'd I Miss?" | "This Is Your Backstory"
Season Four: "Fly On the Wall" | "My Sweet Ride" | "For Your Ice Only " | "Happy New Year!" | "Bully Bust" | "Backyard Hodge Podge" | "Der Kinderlumper" | "Just Desserts" | "Bee Day" | "Bee Story" | "Sidetracked" | "Knot My Problem" | "Mind Share" | "Primal Perry" | "La Candace-Cabra" | "Happy Birthday, Isabella" | "Great Balls of Water" | "Where's Pinky?" | "Mission Marvel" | "Thanks But No Thanks" | "Troy Story" | "Love at First Byte" | "One Good Turn" | "Cheers for Fears" | "Just Our Luck" | "Return Policy" | "Imperfect Storm" | "Steampunx" | "It's No Picnic" | "Terrifying Tri-State Trilogy of Terror" | "Druselsteinoween" | "Face Your Fear" | "The Klimpaloon Ultimatum" | "Doof 101" | "Father's Day" | "Operation Crumb Cake" | "Mandace" | "Tales from the Resistance: Back to the 2nd Dimension" | "The Return of the Rogue Rabbit" | "Live and Let Drive" | "Lost in Danville" | "The Inator Method" | "Act Your Age" | "Phineas and Ferb Save Summer" | "Night of the Living Pharmacists" | "Phineas and Ferb: Star Wars" | "Last Day of Summer" | "O.W.C.A. Files"

Locations

Locations at or near Danville: Danville | Mr. Slushy Franchise | Doofenshmirtz Evil Incorporated | Flynn-Fletcher House | Atlantis | Googolplex Mall | Old Abandoned Amusement Park
Other Locations: Africa | England | New York | Big Ben | Mars | Tokyo | London | China | India | Canada | Chile | Hawaii

Selected songs

Today is Gonna Be a Great Day | Summer Belongs to You | City of Love | Jump Right In | Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow | Perry the Platypus Theme | Gitchee Gitchee Goo| | Where Did We Go Wrong? | Busted | Little Brothers | What'cha Doin? | Carpe Diem | S.I.M.P. (Squirrels In My Pants) | I'm Me | Rollercoaster | The Ballad of Klimpaloon | Evil for Extra Credit | Backyard Beach | Happy New Year | Great to Be a Baby | Serious Fun

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